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Jun
21

Resources for incorporating First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming

On National Indigenous Peoples’ Day the Ontario Federation of Labour Aboriginal Circle launched resources for understanding to better enable unions and labour activists to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming. You can now access the following tools: ·     An Indigenous Solidarity Guideline; ·     Guidelines for Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis…

Jun
5

Open Letter: Doug Ford must be defeated

If you care for Ontario, your families, and your friends, you must vote for the NDP in the upcoming election. The Labour movement has long fought for the rights of workers, whether they are in a union or not. While Doug Ford says that he stands up for ‘the little guy,’ the experience of workers…

Apr
5

Find your local events for PRIDE 2018

PRIDE events throughout Ontario begin in April and are being kicked off in Guelph and runs through the summer until Peterborough’s September Pride. Find events near you, or check the OFL events calendar. To download the events flyer, click here. APRIL Guelph Pride April 28 – May 14 www.guelphpride.com MAY Elliot Lake May 25 –…

Feb
20

Workplace posters on rights we won in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

Together, we made significant strides to raise the standard of work across the province. After 20 years of woefully outdated labour and employment laws, the Government of Ontario introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act in 2017. This was a result of many hard-fought struggles and the collective voice of millions demanding immediate action to modernize the Employment Standards Act and…

Feb
13

Valentine deliveries to more than 200 Tim Hortons on Feb 13 to support Tim Hortons workers

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontarians are delivering Valentines to workers at more than 200 Tim Hortons outlets today; valentines that contain messages of support and additional information about workplace rights. This action comes on the heels of a National Day of Action January 19, which saw rallies at over 50 Tim Hortons locations across Canada. “Valentine’s…

Jan
29

January 29: Vigils for remembrance, one year after the Quebec Mosque massacre

On January 29, 2017, six worshippers were killed during the evening prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City:  Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Many others were injured in the attack. The OFL signed on to an open letter calling on the government to declare Jan 29…

Jan
17

January 19, National Day of Action to support Tim Hortons Workers

Check out the locations below and join an action to support Tim Hortons workers on Friday, January 19, National Day of Action! The pressure on Tim Hortons, and the parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI), is heating up. This past Monday, a delegation of community activists, faith based leaders and the labour movement delivered…

Jan
15

We Support Tim Hortons Workers: Download the flyer here.

Download the leaflet here. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness support workers at Tim Hortons. When Ontario’s minimum wage increased to $14, Tim Hortons immediately began to eliminate workers’ paid breaks, reduce access to basic drug and dental benefits, eliminate uniform and drink allowances, and even cut employees’ hours…

Nov
20

OFL Young Workers’ Award winner: Kumsa Baker

Kumsa Baker, a research analyst with UNITE HERE Local 75, was awarded the 2017 Ontario Federation of Labour’s Young Workers Award at the Power ON convention in Toronto. Baker is just 24, and is part of a new breed of fellow like-minded campaigners in Local 75 that is working to open and expand the union…

Nov
20

Andrea Horwath’s vision of hope and opportunity

Monday afternoon, delegates warmly welcomed Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath to the OFL convention. Horwath’s introduction was met with loud cheers and a standing ovation, as she greeted delegates on her way to the main stage. “I want to thank President Buckley for your strong leadership and your incredible dedication to the labour movement in…

Nov
20

#PowerON: OFL’s 60th anniversary convention off to a powerful start

“If not us, then who?” In his opening address at its 14th Biennial Convention in Toronto, the Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley, asked the more than 1000 gathered delegates to consider the federation’s sixty years of successful organizing for workers’ rights and dignity, and what that means for the work of the federation…

Nov
18

OFL Young Workers’ Assembly: a powerful day of activism and allyship

Over 100 workers from across Ontario attended the OFL Young Workers’ Assembly at the Sheraton Centre Toronto on November 18. Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley, opened the day with an inspiring welcome to the group. “Each and every one of you deserves decent work and a good job,” said Buckley. “And I want…

Nov
17

Back-to-work legislation is a violation of constitutional rights, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) –The Premier’s decision to table back-to-work legislation for striking OPSEU contract faculty undermines the constitutional right of all Ontarians. The right to strike is protected under the Charter. “Today’s decision to table back-to-work legislation by the government is wrongheaded,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “The government’s action sends a message…